5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: February 26, 2011 Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
The cruise was an ok experience. We learned that cruises aren't for us though. We waited in line for practically everything. One of our complaints would be that there weren't enough lounge chairs on the upper deck. One day there wasn't even enough seating at lunch for us to sit down. The food was mediocre, but unlimited, so if you didn't like one thing you could get something different. The pools were rather small. We also expected there to be some sort of introduction to the ship when we boarded, but we were left to wander around with no direction, although the staff were all willing to answer questions. There were many unusual, unpleasant smells on the boat, but the boat was generally clean.
We did enjoy most of the evening entertainment. The cruise director was great, very funny. Our waiter was friendly. The staterooms were smaller than we expected. We were thankful that we got a room with a balcony, so we could sit out and enjoy the nice weather in private. The beds were pretty comfortable, the bathroom was a lot smaller than we expected. Just as a forewarning to those who don't smoke, there were several areas on the boat, even indoors, where smoking was allowed. The onboard staff were all willing to help and always said "hi."
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Food was really just mediocre, but since it was unlimited you could always order something else. Pizzeria was the only place open 24hrs. The lines were generally long.
5 out of 5
Funny cruise director, good entertainment. Adult comedy show was very very offensive and not even funny. Instruction was generally good, wish we would have had more instruction when we boarded the ship.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Always said "hi" and willingly answered questions.
3 out of 5
Large ship, generally clean. Disliked the smoking areas of the ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Smaller size than we anticipated. generally clean, liked having a balcony, location was fine. Decor was average. A mini fridge would have been nice.
This island was somewhere we would recommend making a stop on your cruise. The island was more modern and clean. We did not plan an excursion for this stop. When we got off the ship there were plenty of people waiting to take you places and the transportation was quite reasonable in my opinion (about $5 per person for a one way trip to the beach). We went to Grape seed beach. You had the option of buying lounge chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gear, etc. We snorkeled around the reef there and saw several neat fish. The water was beautiful. The beach got very crowed after a couple hours (there were 4 cruise ships in port!). We ate at a little food stand along the beach b/c the food was quite a bit cheaper there. Although the food was good, it took 30 minutes to cook a chicken kabob! There were lots of places to shop and several jewelry stores in the area. I felt very safe on this island as well.
Don't Miss: Snorkeling
I probably wouldn't recommend that anyone got to Jamaica for a cruise stop. We were glad we booked an excursion with the cruise ship rather than waiting until we got to the island. We enjoyed climbing Dunn River Falls, it was beautiful and our guide was great. When you finish with the falls you have to walk through a little area of shops, where we were bombarded and overwhelmed with people trying to sell us their products. It was very obnoxious and annoying. Be warned, everyone expected a tip for every little thing once you got to the island. After the falls we then went to Dolphin Cove. It was a little crowed and a smaller beach, but the water was beautiful. The food was just ok (jerk chicken was great). We got to see stingrays, nurse sharks, and dolphins. The people selling stuff tried putting things in our hands and putting necklaces on us, then expected to be paid for it. They were constantly yelling at us to come and look at their shops. I didn't feel very safe on the island.
Don't Miss: Dunn River Falls
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